in the classroom moment
This year was an amazing year full of extremely informative Skype lessons. At the beginning of 2013 my 3rd grade class did a Skype with students from Serbia. This was an English learning class and we discussed the habitats located in our different communities, Cegar, Serbia vs. Virginia in the US.
My students learned so much from this Virtual school and also gained life long friends from some, we were even posted on the virtual schools web page.
On top of it all my students have also had the opportunity to Skype with Yellowstone National Park as a culminating experience for a Virtual Field trip. Our class was unable to take field trips throughout the year, so this was our way of bringing the field trip to them, and probably a place they never would have gone before.
Lastly, we had the opportunity to Skype with a class in England and learn about the differences between their metric system of measurement vs. our customary system of measurements through discussions in temperature.
I have since moved to 4th grade and near the end of 2013 we have already had several Skype sessions with the Virginia Historical Society discussing Pocahontas, and Civil War Soldiers.
Next in our plans for 2014 is a Skype with a biologist for our PBL on Living systems and habitats with Owl Pellet Dissections, and a Skype with a meteorologist on weather.
I love Skype in the classroom! This has also given me opportunities to pass on the wonderful site to teachers in my county through professional development speeches and special school board Skype opportunities to train others in the use of Skype in the Classroom!